Is your dog an opera star?

Does your dog have what it takes to star in Puccini’s La Bohème?

Blackpool’s Grand Theatre is asking dog owners across the Fylde Coast if their pet has what it takes to become an opera star. In conjunction with The Grand, award-winning opera producer Ellen Kent is looking for a local dog to star in the role of Muzetta’s pet dog in the beautiful and romantic opera La Bohème, which comes to Blackpool on Wednesday 2 April 2014.

Cited as one of the most tragic yet romantic stories ever written, La Bohème tells the story of a doomed love affair between consumptive seamstress Mimi and penniless poet Rodolfo. Celebrated international guest soloists are set to appear onstage, but there is still one role left to be cast: a local dog.

Award-winning opera director and producer Ellen Kent said:

Many years ago when we last did La Bohème and asked local people to volunteer their pets it was a huge success. We even used a rescue dog once and found him dozens of new owners! We’re a nation of animal lovers after all.  I’m sure there is plenty of doggie talent out there.

The successful dog will need to be well-behaved and small, and the owner will need to accompany their pet on stage in costume. To audition a pet as the star of La Bohème at The Grand Theatre this April, applicants should send a photograph to Sadie Williams at [email protected]. A contact number and address, as well as information on the breed, height, weight, age and name must also be included. Successful applicants will be contacted one week prior to the performance.

Puccini’s La Bohème is at The Grand Theatre Blackpool, Wednesday 2 April 2014, 7:30pm. Tickets cost between £16.50 and £33.50.  Call the box office on 01253 74 33 39 or visit the website to book.


Featured image from ellenkent.com.

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